I don’t consider myself a super creative person. Desert Chica Ramblings is definitely not a craft blog but I do make an effort, like many moms to create fun things for my kids. Because I prefer to fund vacations, I have to get creative with craft supplies to avoid spending a fortune.
So today on Frugal Ramblings, I wanted to share a few random things in my craft stash, how I obtained them and how I avoid spending too much on projects.
My bag of fabric scraps is one of my most useful supplies. A few years ago I bought a cow print blanket at a thrift store to make a Woody Cowboy Vest for our Toy Story Halloween theme. There was extra material leftover and I intended on making Quinn a Woody costume too. It took a few years but I finally used the spare fabric and managed to make each boy a Woody vest from the scrap fabric.
- We had a pirate themed Queen sheet set that I wouldn’t donate even after we sold the bed. Eventually, I used the flat sheet to make curtains for the boys bed fort. I still have the fitted sheet in my stash. I just used some of the elastic from it on the mask for the El Chupacabra costume.
- The whimsical, bold fabric squares used to be curtains on Quinn’s window, then we used it as curtains for his bed fort. When I replaced the bed fort curtain with the pirate sheets, this fabric made it back into my stash. I am sure I will find another use for it!
- Last year I bought leggings for the Mr. Smee costume. I struggled finding light blue shorts for Elliot to wear, so I made them! Of course I saved the extra fabric. I cut a pair of my jeans into shorts recently and couldn’t toss the extra material.
- The blue and yellow fabric came from the boys Bumblebee and Optimus Prime costumes, the legs were too long so I shortened them. I just used some of the blue fabric to create the suspenders on the Dusty Plane costume.
The Bumblebee and Optimus costumes were actually 90% off after Halloween deals. They’re likely the best $3 Christmas gifts ever. The boys love dressing up in them. I love that I was able to stretch that purchase even further by using some of the scrap fabric!
I often hunt endcaps and clearance sections for fun random things I can use.
- The decorative tape and monster football iron on transfers were both found on clearance.
- I also watch for solid color t-shirts on clearance at discount stores. The turquoise shirts were only $1 at Walmart and perfect for my DIY Disney shirts or DIY Lego shirts!
I also find solid color t-shirts at my 99 Cents only store. I usually take a peek every so often to see if they have any fun colors in the right sizes, like the orange and yellow shirts above. You can’t beat a buck when making fun themed shirts for trips.
- I love sticky velcro. I’ve used it to secure the cape on the El Chupacabra costume, and hang the curtains for the boys’ bed fort and the Crib to Desk project! I often find it at the dollar store and make sure I keep some on hand for random projects.
- I found the colored craft sticks for my travel activity at the Dollar Tree.
You always want to use coupons when buying supplies at craft stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby and at fabric stores like Hancock or Joann Fabrics. Also consider coupons from Target’s website. I bought several pairs of red napkins earlier this year from Target for $0.19 on a coupon deal. Most of the napkins are reserved for the dinner table but I did use a few for curtains on the Crib to Desk project. And each set of napkins was packaged neatly with a coordinating piece of fabric holding them together. Of course I saved that extra fabric too and it worked perfectly for the suspenders on the El Chupacabra plane costume.
It’s the perfect time of year to take a peek at your own crafting supplies. Halloween is just around the corner and DIY or semi-homemade costumes are fun to make!
Frugal Ramblings: Each week I share my ideas on how to be frugal in many parts life from saving money on groceries, clothes and travel to ways to simplify your life and save time. Being frugal is about using your resources wisely, not only money but time too!
How do you save on craft supplies? Or what’s the strangest thing you have stashed away for crafting?